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Pre-Law Advising

It is important to tailor your experiences at Colgate to match your goals. Our dedicated pre-law advisor and considerable informational programming throughout the academic year can help set you on the right track.
Pre-Law Advising
Each year, many students and alumni consider studying law. The process of applying to law schools that are approved by the American Bar Association is competitive nationwide. Students interested in exploring a career in law are encouraged to meet with the pre-law advisor well in advance of their senior year.


Our pre-law advisor assists students and alumni during every phase of the application process. These services include: determining if law is the right field for you; finding summer experiences that enhance your candidacy; creating law school application timelines; knowing how to prepare for the LSAT; critiquing application essays; choosing schools; and reviewing admission packages.

Stop by the Center for Career Services or call 315-228-7380 to schedule an appointment.

Law School Panel

Each fall, Colgate University hosts a panel of admissions representatives’ from top law schools to coach students through the law school application process. The panel provides a unique insight to the law school application process and answers the following questions:
  • How do I know if law school is right for me?
  • When should I apply - directly after graduation or after 1-3 years of gaining experience?
  • How do I determine which law school is the best fit for me?
  • How do I craft the strongest application materials possible?
Previous admission panelists have included representatives from: American University, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, New York Law and University of Pennsylvania.

The next panel is scheduled to take place Fall 2016. More information will be provided as the date approaches.


If you are considering applying to law school within two years of graduating from Colgate, your preparation as a competitive law school applicant begins as early as your first year of college.